Overwhelmed by your law manuals? Study tips and skills for law students!
Before you do an assignment
Divide your reading into two stages
A sensible-sized final list – enough content to demonstrate you have thought the issues through and found expert opinion and evidence to reinforce your arguments.
How to skim read
Go to the first section you want to read. Examine the opening paragraphs in detail, and then read the first sentences of all subsequent paragraphs.
Possible reading strategies
SQ3R (survey, question, read, recite, and review)
PQRST (preview, question, read, summary, test)
Increasing your reading speed
Don’t increase the speed with which you move your eyes across the page; but do increase the word span for a single fix of the eye to 4 or 5 words. You can do this without diminishing your understanding of the text.
Other reading tips
Finally, stay motivated. It’s completely normal for students to have to read more slowly and read things over again to understand, summarise and develop their own ideas. As your knowledge of law increases so will your reading speed and ability.